Tag Archives: columbia records

Update on Richie Faulkner of Judas Priest from Richie Faulkner

band logos, judas priest, judas priest logo

– We have an update on Richie – see below in Richie’s own words….

Maniacs…

I’ve always been grateful for the opportunities I’ve been presented with. I’ve always considered myself THE most fortunate man ever – to be able to play my favourite music – with my favourite band – to my favourite people around the world…

Today just being able to type this to you all is the biggest gift of all…

judas priest, judas priest photos, richie faulkner, richie faulkner photos, ken pierce photography
Richie Faulkner w Judas Priest (2019) by Ken Pierce

As I watch footage from the Louder Than Life Festival in Kentucky, I can see in my face the confusion and anguish I was feeling whilst playing ‘Painkiller’ as my aorta ruptured and started to spill blood into my chest cavity….

I was having what my doctor called an aortic aneurysm and complete aortic dissection.

From what I’ve been told by my surgeon, people with this don’t usually make it to the hospital alive…..

I was taken to nearby Rudd Heart & Lung Center and quickly went into what turned out to be a 10 ½ hour emergency open heart surgery.

Five parts of my chest were replaced with mechanical components…..I’m literally made of metal now….

It could have all ended so differently – we only had an hours set that night due to Metallica’s performance after us – and it does cross my mind if it was a full set, would I have played until total collapse…? If it hadn’t happened in such a high adrenaline situation would my body have been able to keep going long enough to reach the hospital…?

The amazing Heart & Lung Center was 4 miles away from the gig site – if it had been further away……..

We can always drive ourselves crazy with these things but I’m still alive thankfully. Whatever the circumstances, when watching that footage, the truth is, knowing what I know now, I see a dying man…..

I’ve been moved to tears and humbled by friends, family, my fantastic band, crew and management and also you guys sending me videos and messages of love and support during the last week – I thank you all so much and although I have a recovery road ahead of me, as soon as I’m able to get up and running again, you’ll be the first to know and we’ll get back out there delivering the goods for you all….!

One last thing maniacs, this came totally out of the blue for me – no history of a bad heart, no clogged arteries etc…my point is I don’t even have high cholesterol and this could’ve been the end for me. If you can get yourselves checked – do it for me please……

Lots of love and see you down the front again soon….

Richie…

– This is from our strong falcon – he will be flying high again just as soon as he is able….

JUDAS PRIEST
October 6th, 2021

*** end of transmission ***

Official: http://www.judaspriest.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/judaspriest

Judas Priest Postpones “50 Heavy Metal Years” UK Tour Until 2022

judas priest logo

Back in July we helped broadcast the news about the rescheduling of the “50 Heavy Metal Years” Tour by the legendary Judas Priest (seen HERE). Sadly, based on the world being in the state that it currently is, the band has released the statement about 2021 being a wash for their UK Dates with Ozzy Osbourne and that they hope to return to active Metal duty in 2022. Read on to their statement and check your calendars for the dates you might have been planning on doing since you’ll need to get a refund if you are in that neck of the woods.

tour posters, promotional posters, judas priest, judas priest tour posters

The Statement:
Unfortunately due to the ongoing issues with COVID-19 the Ozzy Osbourne/Judas Priest UK/European 2020 tour has had to be rescheduled to 2022…as soon as we have all the dates finalized we will announce them…in the meantime wear your masks, wash your hands and stay safe!
Continue reading Judas Priest Postpones “50 Heavy Metal Years” UK Tour Until 2022

Judas Priest Announces “50 Heavy Metal Years” Tour For 2020

judas priest logo

Though they’ve always been a highlight of my interest in Heavy Metal music, its safe to say that Judas Priest has been on a ride that finds new fans discovering them and offering up additional momentum that keeps them as one of the top of the legendary acts that the genre has delivered us. The news about an upcoming tour with Nuclear Blast’s Sabaton supporting is just fantastical. Check it out down below along with all the dates.

tour posters, judas priest, judas priest tour posters

The Press Release:
One of heavy metal’s all-time greats, Judas Priest will be celebrating their 50th anniversary this year with a world tour coming to the US in the fall. The 50 Heavy Metal Years Tour will also feature Sabaton as openers and is being fueled by the highest charting album of Priest’s career ‘Firepower’ which peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200.

“Judas Priest are primed and ready to deliver the goods with our 50 Heavy Metal Years anniversary celebration stage show spectacular! Performing a blistering cross section of songs from our lives in metal – we can’t wait to raise horns with you again at this once in a metal lifetime event!” – Judas Priest
Continue reading Judas Priest Announces “50 Heavy Metal Years” Tour For 2020

“Never The Heroes” (Single) by Judas Priest

Artist: Judas Priest
Title: “Never The Heroes” (Single)
Label: Columbia Records
Release Date: 3/2/2018
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating:

Though I’m not going to argue about the third single being released only days before the bands upcoming “Firepower” album I will admit that it took me a little by surprise. Perhaps I would have thought differently if it was released two weeks in advance as opposed to one but here we are with the track “Never The Heroes”. It follows “Lightning Strike” and “Firepower” so let’s get right down to business with what this one does for me as a few decades deep fan of Judas Priest.
Continue reading “Never The Heroes” (Single) by Judas Priest

“Firepower” (Single) by Judas Priest

Artist: Judas Priest
Title: “Firepower” (Single)
Label: Columbia Music
Release Date: 2/2/2018
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating:

It was almost a month ago that Judas Priest gave us the first taste from the album “Firepower” with the debut single “Lightning Strike” and with more than a month to go before the release hits the streets, the second single and the title track have been delivered. It’s a nice present from the band who sadly didn’t manage to make the final group of inductees into the “vaunted” Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. Let’s set our sights, take aim and see what the track “Firepower” is all about.
Continue reading “Firepower” (Single) by Judas Priest